Battle of Pinhoe

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The Battle of Pinhoe
Date1001
Location
Pinhoe, Exeter
Result Danish viking victory
Belligerents
Anglo-Saxons Danelaw Vikings
Commanders and leaders
Unknown Unknown
Strength
unknown unknown
Casualties and losses
unknown unknown


The Battle of Pinhoe was a battle between the Danes and the Devons of Pinhoe.

The battle[edit]

In 1001 Vikings laid a siege to Exeter. But due to the strong fortification of Athelstan they started pillaging nearby villages. Men from Devon and Somerset fought the Danes to stop their invasion. The battle was hard and the defenders nearly used up all their ammunition.[1]

The priest of Pinhoe[edit]

A priest of Pinhoe wanted to supply his troops with ammunition. He sneaked through the Danish lines and ran to Exeter to get arrows and arms. He successfully returned to the defending Saxons and supplied them with the weapons.[1]

The burning of Pinhoe[edit]

The weapons were not sufficient for the Saxons to defeat the Vikings. The Vikings infiltrated Pinhoe and burned it to the ground. This was as a warning for the citizens of Exeter.[1]

The legacy of the priest[edit]

The priest was awarded for his outstanding bravery an annual payment of 16 shillings which was as high as the Vicar of Pinhoe earned.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "The Danes attack Exeter - 1001 and 1002". Exeter Memories. Archived from the original on 2008-05-12. Retrieved 2008-08-21.

Coordinates: 50°44′36″N 3°28′38″W / 50.743336°N 3.477244°W / 50.743336; -3.477244